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Old Dogs vs. Young Guns

The DFB Pokal final is set.

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As you can see by the title, this game will feature relatively new Bundesliga talent RB Leipzig and the record holders FC Bayern Munich. For Bayern Munich this is nothing new, having reached the final 22 times. RB Leipzig is in their first final in their very short history, let’s explore how they got there.

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Starting only in 2009 Leipzig started in the fifth tier of German soccer. In 2015 they made it all the way to the top tier and have remained there since. In 2016 they went undefeated for 13 matches and on match day 11 were sitting in first place. Unfortunately for them Bayern came roaring back and was able to win the the title. There was a silver lining as RB Leipzig managed to qualify for the Champions League the next season. The following season Leipzig couldn’t replicate the performances from the previous season, and would finish sixth. The first European campaign for Leipzig went less desirable than fans would like, and the team made headlines when, the clubs top goal scorer couldn’t handle crowd noise at one of the big European stadiums and had to be subbed off. The most notable player in the short history of the club would have to be Timo Werner. The young German international has 49 goals in 91 appearances for the club. The young pacey striker is gathering attention from all over the world, as he is only 24 and many teams are looking to phase out aging strikers.

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I was going to write something about FC Bayern here, but Bayern playing for a domestic double isn’t really anything new, but if I could say anything about Bayern it’s, play your kids. You got there, you are already the record holders, play your kids against the team that will be out there with something to prove. It will give everyone a true look at some of the youngsters the club has, more so than seeing them play in ICC later this summer against other youngsters. Another Pokal for Bayern is just for show, they need to be focusing on winning in Europe.

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There you have it, a little history on an upcoming club, and just an opinion one of the biggest in the world. Chat about it, @ me on Twitter @glennlorance.

Enjoy this cheeky nutmeg by Kimmich against Leipzig.

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